Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Maine.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: (207) 287-9300

Website

Provider Complaint Line: (207) 287-9300

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Maine Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Maine

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (207) 624-6842

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Quality for ME

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website for Parents
Website for Providers

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(800) 452-1999

Website

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: (207) 624-7830

Website

Medicaid Eligibility – MaineCare

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(855) 797-4357

Website

Find Your Local Office

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(877) 543-7669 (in-state only)

Website

Find Your Local Office

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: (207) 287-3707

Website

Mental Health Services

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (207) 287-2595
(mental health services for adults)

Website

Children’s Behavioral Health

State government services that include providing information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders and mental health disorders

Phone: (207) 624-7900
(behavioral health services for children)

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – Child Care Subsidy Program

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(877) 680-5866 or (207) 624-7999

Website

Find your Local Office

Maine Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: 1(800) 437-9300 (in-state only) or (207) 287-3991

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 1(800) 442-6003

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(800) 442-6003

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 1(877) 544-3271

Website

Find Your Local Office

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals of Maine

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (207) 828-0754

Website

The Arc

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

*There is no state chapter of the Arc in Maine*

Find Your Local Chapter

Early Intervention

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(877) 770-8883

Website

Find Your Local Office

Children with Special Health Needs 

Information and support for families of children with special health care needs

Phone:  1(800) 698-3624 or (207) 557-2470

Website

Homeless Assistance

Resources for to assist those in need of emergency shelter and transitional or affordable permanent housing

Phone: 1(800) 452-4668 or (207) 626-4600

Website

Homebuyer Programs

Programs for affordable housing

Phone: 1(800) 452-4668 or (207) 626-4600

Website

Raising Readers

Promotes early childhood literacy and a love of reading for Maine children

Phone:  1(800) 397-3263

Website

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:(207) 287-9300

    Website

    Phone:(207) 287-9300

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Quality for ME

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website for Parents
    Website for Providers

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: 1(800) 452-1999

    Website

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: (207) 624-7830

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility – MaineCare

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(855) 797-4357

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(877) 543-7669 (in-state only)

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Maine Department of Health and Human Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: (207) 287-3707

    Website

    Mental Health Services

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: (207) 287-2595
    (mental health services for adults)

    Website

    Children’s Behavioral Health

    State government services that include providing information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders and mental health disorders

    Phone: (207) 624-7900
    (behavioral health services for children)

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance – Child Care Subsidy Program

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: 1(877) 680-5866 or (207) 624-7999

    Website

    Find your Local Office

    Maine Head Start

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: 1(800) 437-9300 (in-state only) or (207) 287-3991

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: 1(800) 442-6003

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(800) 442-6003

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: 1(877) 544-3271

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals of Maine

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (207) 828-0754

    Website

    The Arc

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    *There is no state chapter of the Arc in Maine*

    Find Your Local Chapter

    Early Intervention

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(877) 770-8883

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Children with Special Health Needs 

    Information and support for families of children with special health care needs

    Phone:  1(800) 698-3624 or (207) 557-2470

    Website

  • Homeless Assistance

    Resources for to assist those in need of emergency shelter and transitional or affordable permanent housing

    Phone: 1(800) 452-4668 or (207) 626-4600

    Website

    Homebuyer Programs

    Programs for affordable housing

    Phone: 1(800) 452-4668 or (207) 626-4600

    Website

    Raising Readers

    Promotes early childhood literacy and a love of reading for Maine children

    Phone:  1(800) 397-3263

    Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.